- nounsyndrome consisting of feigning acute and dramatic illness for which no clinical evidence is ever found• Syn: ↑Munchausen's syndrome• Hypernyms: ↑syndrome
* * *\\ˈmənˌchau̇zən-, ˈmünˌ-, -ŋˌkau̇-, -ŋˌḵau̇-, ˌ ̷ ̷ ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ -\ noun or munchausen's syndrome \\-zənz-\Usage: usually capitalized MEtymology: after Baron K.F.H. von Münchausen died 1797 German soldier and proverbial teller of exaggerated tales: a psychological disorder characterized by the feigning of the symptoms of a disease or injury in order to undergo diagnostic tests, hospitalization, or medical or surgical treatment
* * *Psychiatry.a factitious disorder in which otherwise healthy individuals seek to hospitalize themselves with feigned or self-induced pathology in order to receive surgical or other medical treatment.[1950-55; named after Baron von MÜNCHHAUSEN, whose fictionalized accounts of his own experiences suggest symptoms of the disorder]
* * *Munchausen syndromea psychological disorder in which a person fabricates symptoms and feigns illness to receive unnecessary medical treatment.
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